Waterworld – The Ulysses Cut Revised Edition

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Waterworld – The Ulysses Cut Revised Edition
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Original Release Date:
1995
Original Running Time:
176
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177
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1
Brief Synopsis:
Universal wasn’t able to release a proper version of the extended edition of WATERWORLD. Instead they released the TV version, which had violence, nudity and profanity drastically removed. This fanedit corrects that and some other minor issues.
Intention:
I was so pissed off when I found out that the Extended Edition which I believed to be the “Ultimate Edition” of Waterworld was a censored, softened edit for TV. Universal wasn’t able to release a proper version on DVD so I thought I had to do it on my own.
Cuts and Additions:
- Reintegrated all the cut out violence, nudity and profanity.
- Softened the Extended Scenes to fit the look of the Theatrical Cut
- Did some color correction where needed
- Added a few foley effects that were missing
- Improved a few poor fx shots
- Fixed a continuity error
- Fixed the timing for the English, Spanish and French subtitles
- Added the German dub to the theatrical scenes and created subtitles for the extended scenes.
- C'dric improved the French subtitle translation

Full list of changes: http://dominiksteiner.info/temp/Extended_Cut_vs_Ulysses_Cut_RE.htm
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(Updated: September 03, 2022)
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So i saw this film as a teen and thought well that could of been good but it wasnt . this fixes it . if they had released something along theses lines it would of been a huge hit . explains were money went .
id recomend . you turned a C- film into a B+ film (If in 80s id give higher but 2022) . well done!
everythings better in this .

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(Updated: April 19, 2022)
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What to say? Waterworld is considered a very expensive "flop" that almost bankrupted a major studio.

The first thing that struck me after the credits rolled was, "How was this so expensive?" There are very few special effects. Most of scenes consist of the cast riding a sail boat. There are some scenes where the studio made some "cities" in the ocean, but they don't scream, "Wow, that must have been hard to do." They look like they're thrown together with weathered plywood and 2x4's.

Secondly, the story just didn't make me care about what happened to the cast. Costner is far from lovable, he is actually barely likable. The woman and the girl that are on his boat really don't add much and I really never got very invested in their story either.

I watched this edit for pretty much the same reason I watched TM2YC's edit of Ghostbusters 3. Could the edit make what was considered a bad movie in to something that is watchable?

Short answer, YES. It is mystifying how much was cut from the theatrical release. I don't want to give spoilers but I will say there is a VERY BIG BOAT in this edit which I don't remember from the original cut. I think I just found out where all that budget went and it's a crime it wasn't utilized in the original cut of the film. Additionally the story around Costner's character is so much better in this version. In the end I get why he is the way he is and I actually feel empathy for him.

I really liked this movie. I honestly can't say I loved it, even after this treatment, but this edit does make a bad movie good. If you like Costner, or late 80's style over-the-top action/adventure films, give it a shot.

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Overview - Anticipated release back in its day, Waterworld proved disappointing for many. Overlong, poorly directed, oft times a soggy mess, it was, nevertheless, embraced by fans for action sequences straight out of the Mad Max world.
The extended Laserdisc, and subsequent DVD, promising a more satisfying experience, instead gave the PG rated ABC televised edit. Nudity, profanity, and gory violence excised.
Zaaacharias returned all “adult” content to the extended version giving the - for now - defacto version of Costner’s movie.

Video - Nice work here integrating the extended footage into the theatrical release. Saturation is a bit less than the LD, but the editing is solid and first rate. On the list of changes, a link shows comparison shots. Nice touch.

Audio - As mentioned elsewhere. This is 5.0, rather than 5.1 sound. There is no LFE mix. Not a problem as Zaaacharias was upfront about this. Audio editing was top notch. I popped on headphones for several sequences and did not hear any errors or poor transitions.
One thing I did note - and this is not exactly audio, but related - were the subtitles. Subtitles were based on the PG version. For example: “Shit” was seen as “Dang.” Just an observation.

Narrative - The additional 40 minutes will drive many in the post Michael Bay era to punch the fast forward button. Waterworld is more leisurely, more reflective, which is altogether fitting in trailing a loner across endless seas. I still had problems with scientific assumptions in the main plot. I tried to suspend such thoughts, but the notion that the Rockies, the Carpathians, the Andes, the Appalachian range, were all submerged? No.

Enjoyment - Mixed here. Ulysses edit was more fix than edit to my eyes. There were still way too many stupidly, annoying characters. True, a couple years after the apocalypse, few will debate Film Noir vs Pre-Code, sip Merlot, and listen to Dave Brubeck. The dialogue lurched between inventive and cringingly butt dumb.
The whole film seemed suffused with over-acting. Understandable in “Deacon” who preached to his rabble. Pointless with most others. The small girl, Enola, was particularly shrill. For her, and all others, I credit ham handed direction - both Reynolds and Costner.

There is more to appreciate here, to revel in, than to belabor what coulda / shoulda been. As an extended version, trims and wholesale surgery cannot be expected. Zaaacharias has done a stellar job, and his edit is whole heartedly recommended to all Waterworld diehards.

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(Updated: August 31, 2012)
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Review by elbarto1 — March 29, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

I dont have the time to write a lengthy review, and there really isnt much to say since this is still technically the same film, just longer (and better) than we have seen before.

All the technical work is seamless, video looks great and the sound is supurb, never noticed any faults or errors besides 2 quick midscene “fades” where the image grew darker then lighter in a period of 2-3 seconds in the first act. Otherwise this is by far the best version of Waterworld I have seen to date!

Thank you Zaaacharias, your work and skill is very exceptional and I hope to see more from you in the future!

Entertainment 8/10 (original 7/10) the added material makes for a more well rounded experience and fills in a few holes from the theatrical.

Editing 10/10 both audio and video are seamless with the exception of the 2 scenes that quickly darken and lighten in the first hour (at the human base) which looks more like source error than editor error.

Extras n/a besides a nice intro menu and multiple language subtitles

Final score 9/10 this version is a must for fans of the film who want a high quality copy of the most complete version available.

well done sir!
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April 12, 2010 @ 5:25 am

Amazing!!! Loved it. Great Job..film has an epic scope to it instead of feeling like a pretty good low budget B movie..never understood where the money went til I saw this version.
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